Is the auction of the dilapidated doorplate asking for $1,000? From Bob Dylan to Andy Warhol, count the Hall of Fame in Chelsea Hotel, New York

New York auction house Guernsey's recently announced that it will auction more than 50 door panels at the Chelsea Hotel at 222 West 23rd Street, Manhattan, New York in mid-April. The starting price is $1,000 and $5,000 - why can a hotel's salvage board be sold? To such a high price? If you tell the front owners of the door panels are Bob Dylan, Andy Warhol, Madonna... and they have been touched, trusted, or even kissed by countless artists, are you willing to increase the price?

The legend about Chelsea Hotel goes far beyond this. Not only the door, but also every room, walkway, and wall, is full of names in the literary and chronicles. It is also because of these famous guests, broken doors. Can be worth a thousand dollars.

In the 1960s, artists, directors, writers, and designers gathered in this utopian small world to enjoy their talents. Bob Dylan fell in love with the supermodel Sara Lowndes and wrote a love story for her; Andy Warhol filmed the experimental film "Chelsea Girls", in his eyes, here is the dreamland drawn from reality; and stepping through the boundaries of heaven, Like falling into hell, the crazy poet Dylan Thomas shook the whiskey in the glass and shouted "I refreshed the record" and went to another world... Chelsea Hotel, a gathering place for creation and destruction, love and hate. Whether it is "heaven" or "hell", maybe only between turning.

Entering the art of New York City, "Eden"

Built in 1883, the Chelsea Hotel has 12 floors, the tallest building in New York City at the time, and a rooftop garden on the top floor; it was originally used as an apartment building, while the top floor was rented out to the artist as a studio. It was not until 1905 that due to the high cost and difficult cooperation, it was forced to change into an apartment-style hotel, which in turn allowed more visitors to and from New York to stay here.

In 1964, former manager Stanley Bard officially took over the business of Chelsea Hotel. His identity is more like an art curator than the operator. Bard is very generous to artists who are talented but empty pockets. He even accepts artists to take their own work to pay for rent. This unique way of doing business has brought together a large number of literary and celebrities, and Chelsea Hotel has been called their own "home."

The bohemian atmosphere is exuded inside and outside the building, and the timeless furniture will make you forget the era you are in. Looking around the hotel, you will find the authenticity of many artists one after another, as if you are in a museum. The most interesting thing is that the tenants who are allowed to live here can change the interior decoration according to their personal preferences as long as they are within the scope of permission. None of the more than 400 rooms are similar.

On the ceiling in the middle of the hall is a sculpture of a pink girl with wings hanging from the sculpture of Eugenie Gershoy.
On the ceiling in the middle of the hall is a sculpture of a pink girl with wings hanging from the sculpture of Eugenie Gershoy.

The Chelsea Hotel has been in business for over a hundred years and is the first building in New York City to be listed as a cultural heritage. In recent years, Chelsea Hotel has been maintaining and renovating. It is said that it will be reopened in 2019 and may continue to maintain the form of hotel operations; those with historical traces and works of art collected in the building will remain intact. . There will be 125 to 130 rooms, and a restaurant and gym will be added.

The most important thing here is the "legend"

"Almost all of my friends live in the Chelsea Hotel, and there is no fun every day." - Janis Joplin

Chelsea Hotel is like a ups and downs of fiction, full of countless surprises. When you get in and out of the hotel elevator, you can never guess. Today you will meet Punt Smith, the punk godmother who is carrying "So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star", or a poet who is full of wine and stalking. Dylan Thomas. The house number here is not just a simple number, but also a string of codes, connecting the living souls in the literary history.

  Room 442: Andy Warhol

Pop artist Andy Warhol filmed a film called "Chelsea Girls" against the background of the hotel.

Room 1008: Arthur Clarke

Arthur Clarke, one of the three sci-fi novelists of the twentieth century, and Stanley Kubrick, the ghost director, wrote the script for the film 2001 Space Walk (2001: A Space Odyssey).

  Room 442: Andy Warhol

Pop artist Andy Warhol filmed a film called "Chelsea Girls" against the background of the hotel.

Room 1008: Arthur Clarke

Arthur Clarke, one of the three sci-fi novelists of the twentieth century, and Stanley Kubrick, the ghost director, wrote the script for the film 2001 Space Walk (2001: A Space Odyssey).

Room 211: Bob Dylan

The folk poet Bob Dylan went through the process of falling in love, getting married, and becoming a father with the "Bunny Girl" Sara Lowndes (even rumors that he and Edie Sedgwick had an extramarital affair). John Lennon and Yoko Ono also often visit Dylan's home to talk about music and art to spend their free time.

Room 614: Arthur Miller

Arthur Miller, the master of the film "The Death of a Salesman", was divorced after his second wife, Marilyn Monroe, in 1961. He lived for six years. He described the Chelsea Hotel as "the highest point of surreality, not belonging to the United States."

Room 211: Bob Dylan

The folk poet Bob Dylan went through the process of falling in love, getting married, and becoming a father with the "Bunny Girl" Sara Lowndes (even rumors that he and Edie Sedgwick had an extramarital affair). John Lennon and Yoko Ono also often visit Dylan's home to talk about music and art to spend their free time.

Room 614: Arthur Miller

Arthur Miller, the master of the film "The Death of a Salesman", was divorced after his second wife, Marilyn Monroe, in 1961. He lived for six years. He described the Chelsea Hotel as "the highest point of surreality, not belonging to the United States."

Room 618, 620, 624: Charles James

In 1978, "fashion sculptor" Charles James rented three rooms for studios, archives and bedrooms. With his contemporary Christian Dior and Cristóbal Balenciaga and other fashion designers, he is highly respected. He cuts his clothes like a sculpture and is the best interpretation of his "fashion sculptor" reputation.

Room 205: Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas, the poet who deeply influenced the director Nolan and Jobs, was violent after drinking 18 glasses of whiskey without water. He left the "Don Go Gentle Into That". The talent of Good Night is always taken away by another world.

Room 618, 620, 624: Charles James

In 1978, "fashion sculptor" Charles James rented three rooms for studios, archives and bedrooms. With his contemporary Christian Dior and Cristóbal Balenciaga and other fashion designers, he is highly respected. He cuts his clothes like a sculpture and is the best interpretation of his "fashion sculptor" reputation.

Room 205: Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas, the poet who deeply influenced the director Nolan and Jobs, was violent after drinking 18 glasses of whiskey without water. He left the "Don Go Gentle Into That". The talent of Good Night is always taken away by another world.

Room 105: Edie Sedgwick

Edie Sedgwick, a popular American movie star and Warhol girl in the 1960s, fell in love with Bob Dylan at the hotel. It is said that the two had had an underground relationship.

Room 415: Janis Joplin

Rock singer Janis Joplin and Leonard Cohen met and met in the elevator. Later, the relationship warmed up and developed a romantic relationship.

Room 105: Edie Sedgwick

Edie Sedgwick, a popular American movie star and Warhol girl in the 1960s, fell in love with Bob Dylan at the hotel. It is said that the two had had an underground relationship.

Room 415: Janis Joplin

Rock singer Janis Joplin and Leonard Cohen met and met in the elevator. Later, the relationship warmed up and developed a romantic relationship.

Room 515: Jon Bon Jovi 

Rock singer Jon Bon Jovi filmed the MV of Midnight in Chelsea.

Room 424: Leonard Cohen

In 1966, 32-year-old Leonard Cohen gave up the identity of a Canadian novelist and poet and came to New York alone, hoping to become a good singer.

Room 515: Jon Bon Jovi 

Rock singer Jon Bon Jovi filmed the MV of Midnight in Chelsea.

Room 424: Leonard Cohen

In 1966, 32-year-old Leonard Cohen gave up the identity of a Canadian novelist and poet and came to New York alone, hoping to become a good singer.

Room 822: Madonna 

In 1992, Madonna filmed the famous large-scale personal photo album "Sex" in the room.

Room 1017: Patti Smith & Robert Mapplethorpe

In 1967, singer and poet Patti Smith met Robert Mapplethorpe, the most important spiritual companion in his life. Two years later, two like-minded young artists dwelled in the smallest room of the hotel ($55 a week). As Patti mentioned in the book "Just Kids," "Chelsea was like a doll's house in the Twilight Zone," it was so small that it was carrying their huge artistic dreams.

Room 822: Madonna 

In 1992, Madonna filmed the famous large-scale personal photo album "Sex" in the room.

Room 1017: Patti Smith & Robert Mapplethorpe

In 1967, singer and poet Patti Smith met Robert Mapplethorpe, the most important spiritual companion in his life. Two years later, two like-minded young artists dwelled in the smallest room of the hotel ($55 a week). As Patti mentioned in the book "Just Kids," "Chelsea was like a doll's house in the Twilight Zone," it was so small that it was carrying their huge artistic dreams.

Room 100: Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen

The British punk band "sex pistol" bassist Sid Vicious and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen have stayed here. On October 12, 1978, a murderous murder suspect occurred. Sid, who woke up from drug and alcohol anesthesia, found his girlfriend Nancy a knife in his abdomen. Heroin made him faint, and as the biggest suspect, he couldn’t remember what happened the night before. Not long after being released from prison, Sid used self-destruction with excessive amounts of drugs, which was awkward.

Room 829: Thomas Wolfe

In 1937, the famous American writer Thomas Wolfe spent the last hours of his life at Chelsea Hotel and wrote the novel "You Can't Go Home Again".

Room 100: Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen

The British punk band "sex pistol" bassist Sid Vicious and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen have stayed here. On October 12, 1978, a murderous murder suspect occurred. Sid, who woke up from drug and alcohol anesthesia, found his girlfriend Nancy a knife in his abdomen. Heroin made him faint, and as the biggest suspect, he couldn’t remember what happened the night before. Not long after being released from prison, Sid used self-destruction with excessive amounts of drugs, which was awkward.

Room 829: Thomas Wolfe

In 1937, the famous American writer Thomas Wolfe spent the last hours of his life at Chelsea Hotel and wrote the novel "You Can't Go Home Again".

The bliss of the great creator

"Just standing in the elevator of the hotel and absorbing some magical smoke inside, you will be very excited." - Arthur Miller

Perhaps as the playwright Arthur Miller said, the Chelsea Hotel, filled with mysterious smell in the air, is "the highest point of surrealism." The psychedelic atmosphere makes the people in the building excited and forget where they are. Past tenants have different stories and backgrounds, and they have an intersection and collision with their lives, which will undoubtedly catalyze the creative inspiration of artists.

Andy Warhol
The film "Chelsea Girls"

As the name suggests, Chelsea Girls is inspired by this inn and records the story hidden behind each door. Through the 12-disc film, the tenants’ struggles, struggles and psychedelic moments were recorded, and the unseen side of the hotel was put on the screen.

Arthur Clarke & Stanley Kubrick
The script "2001 Space Roaming"

The script for the sci-fi movie "2001 Space Walk" was co-authored by novelist Arthur Clarke and director Stanley Kubrick. At Clarke's insistence, they moved from the New York office to the Chelsea Hotel because of crazy writers such as Allen Ginsberg and Arthur. Miller's chat is always infinitely inspirational and creative.

Andy Warhol
The film "Chelsea Girls"

As the name suggests, Chelsea Girls is inspired by this inn and records the story hidden behind each door. Through the 12-disc film, the tenants’ struggles, struggles and psychedelic moments were recorded, and the unseen side of the hotel was put on the screen.

Arthur Clarke & Stanley Kubrick
The script "2001 Space Roaming"

The script for the sci-fi movie "2001 Space Walk" was co-authored by novelist Arthur Clarke and director Stanley Kubrick. At Clarke's insistence, they moved from the New York office to the Chelsea Hotel because of crazy writers such as Allen Ginsberg and Arthur. Miller's chat is always infinitely inspirational and creative.

Arthur Miller
The drama "After the Fall"

Arthur Miller stayed at the Chelsea Hotel after divorcing Monroe. In 1962, Monroe passed away, and Miller completed the famous autobiographical drama "After Shen Yu".

Dylan Thomas
Radio drama "Under Milk Wood"

In search of writing inspiration, Dylan Thomas was here for a short lease. The psychedelic utopian world in Chelsea Hotel is in the middle of this bohemian poet. Alcohol in life is his spiritual morphine, and in addition to the radio drama "Under the Milk Tree", there is his life.

Arthur Miller
The drama "After the Fall"

Arthur Miller stayed at the Chelsea Hotel after divorcing Monroe. In 1962, Monroe passed away, and Miller completed the famous autobiographical drama "After Shen Yu".

Dylan Thomas
Radio drama "Under Milk Wood"

In search of writing inspiration, Dylan Thomas was here for a short lease. The psychedelic utopian world in Chelsea Hotel is in the middle of this bohemian poet. Alcohol in life is his spiritual morphine, and in addition to the radio drama "Under the Milk Tree", there is his life.

Dee Dee Ramone
Autobiography Chelsea Horror Hotel

The Punk orchestra Ramones bassist Dee Dee Ramone used an autobiography to tell the story of himself, his wife and a puppy at the Chelsea Hotel.

Ethan Hawke
The film "Chelsea Walls"

The versatile director and actor Ethan Hawke, at the time, teamed up with his wife Uma Thurman to film the personal director's debut "Chelsea Wall". The film was inspired by Dylan Thomas's "Under the Milk Tree" by the hotel's passing poet.

Dee Dee Ramone
Autobiography Chelsea Horror Hotel

The Punk orchestra Ramones bassist Dee Dee Ramone used an autobiography to tell the story of himself, his wife and a puppy at the Chelsea Hotel.

Ethan Hawke
The film "Chelsea Walls"

The versatile director and actor Ethan Hawke, at the time, teamed up with his wife Uma Thurman to film the personal director's debut "Chelsea Wall". The film was inspired by Dylan Thomas's "Under the Milk Tree" by the hotel's passing poet.

Jack Kerouac
The novel "On the Road"

The American "Beat Generation" representative writer Jack Kerouac wrote this autobiographical novel at the Chelsea Hotel. He also met Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs here, who have a great influence on his writing style and creation.

William S. Burroughs
The novel "Naked Lunch"

William S. Burroughs, also a well-known writer in the United States, wrote his famous fame "Nude Lunch" based on what he saw and heard in the hotel. Ironically, friend Allen Ginsberg mistakenly read "Naked Lust" as "Naked Lunch" because of the manuscript, but it made the two people feel that the topic was more interesting.

Jack Kerouac
The novel "On the Road"

The American "Beat Generation" representative writer Jack Kerouac wrote this autobiographical novel at the Chelsea Hotel. He also met Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs here, who have a great influence on his writing style and creation.

William S. Burroughs
The novel "Naked Lunch"

William S. Burroughs, also a well-known writer in the United States, wrote his famous fame "Nude Lunch" based on what he saw and heard in the hotel. Ironically, friend Allen Ginsberg mistakenly read "Naked Lust" as "Naked Lunch" because of the manuscript, but it made the two people feel that the topic was more interesting.

Joni Mitchell
Song "Chelsea Morning"
 Leonard Cohen
Song "Chelsea Hotel"
And Chelsea Hotel #2

Joni Mitchell, one of the greatest Canadian composers in history by Rolling Stone magazine, met Leonard Cohen, also from Canada, at a gathering in Central Park, New York. The two who admired each other quickly talked about music all night long, and Chelsea Morning was the work after a conversation at Chelsea Hotel.

"I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel...Giving me head on the unmade bed..." Leonard Cohen wrote the famous "Chelsea Hotel #2" after picking up Janis Joplin in the elevator.

Joni Mitchell
Song "Chelsea Morning"

Joni Mitchell, one of the greatest Canadian composers in history by Rolling Stone magazine, met Leonard Cohen, also from Canada, at a gathering in Central Park, New York. The two who admired each other quickly talked about music all night long, and Chelsea Morning was the work after a conversation at Chelsea Hotel.

 Leonard Cohen
Song "Chelsea Hotel"
And Chelsea Hotel #2

"I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel...Giving me head on the unmade bed..." Leonard Cohen wrote the famous "Chelsea Hotel #2" after picking up Janis Joplin in the elevator.

Madonna
Photo Collection "Sex"

Shot by the famous fashion photographer Steven Meisel, in the room of 822, the film "Sex" was recorded. It presents the gray area of ​​American values ​​naked to the public, causing huge controversy and sensation.

Robert Mapplethorpe
First photography creation 

Since cohabiting with Patti Smith, they have met artists and friends from all over the world. Sandy Daley is one of the "noble". She lent a Mapplethorpe Polaroid camera to let him embark on the creative path of the photographer. During the days of the Chelsea Hotel, Mapplethorpe took a lot of precious photos for his lover Patti Smith.

Madonna
Photo Collection "Sex"

Shot by the famous fashion photographer Steven Meisel, in the room of 822, the film "Sex" was recorded. It presents the gray area of ​​American values ​​naked to the public, causing huge controversy and sensation.

Robert Mapplethorpe
First photography creation 

Since cohabiting with Patti Smith, they have met artists and friends from all over the world. Sandy Daley is one of the "noble". She lent a Mapplethorpe Polaroid camera to let him embark on the creative path of the photographer. During the days of the Chelsea Hotel, Mapplethorpe took a lot of precious photos for his lover Patti Smith.

Bob Dylan
Album "Blonde on Blonde"

"Stayin' up for days in the Chelsea Hotel, writin' Sad Eyed Lady of The Lowlands for you" is the song from Bob Dylan in Chelsea Hotel, dedicated to his wife Sara Lowndes, "Sad Eyed Lady of The Lowlands" 》. Most of the songs in Dylan's music career, "Blonde on Blonde," are completed here; poetic lyrics and lyrical genres show the infinite image of dreams.

Luc Besson
The film "The Ultimate Hunting Order" (Léon)

The film "The Ultimate Hunting Order" directed by French director Luc Besson is shot in New York. Remember that Mathilda was sitting in the aisle in the movie, swaying his legs through the railings, and holding the cigarette in his right hand? It was taken in the Chelsea Hotel.

Bob Dylan
Album "Blonde on Blonde"

"Stayin' up for days in the Chelsea Hotel, writin' Sad Eyed Lady of The Lowlands for you" is the song from Bob Dylan in Chelsea Hotel, dedicated to his wife Sara Lowndes, "Sad Eyed Lady of The Lowlands" 》. Most of the songs in Dylan's music career, "Blonde on Blonde," are completed here; poetic lyrics and lyrical genres show the infinite image of dreams.

Luc Besson
The film "The Ultimate Hunting Order" (Léon)

The film "The Ultimate Hunting Order" directed by French director Luc Besson is shot in New York. Remember that Mathilda was sitting in the aisle in the movie, swaying his legs through the railings, and holding the cigarette in his right hand? It was taken in the Chelsea Hotel.

The ultimate killing order in the Chelsea Hotel.
The ultimate killing order in the Chelsea Hotel.

This Victorian Gothic building has become more mysterious and unknowable in gossip. After a hundred years of wind and rain, the Chelsea Hotel is the "drunk" of the prodigal son of music, and the "land of literati" of the literati. It is even portrayed as a "refuge" for the artist; perhaps because it is full of contradictions, it makes people more eager Stay here.

The Chelsea Hotel, which is currently under renovation, is expected to return to operation in 2019. How will the legendary hotel re-present its new look to the world after several resales? let us wait and see.

Text/ IDONGIVEA.
Illustrations/ Larry.
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